The Problem With Wakanda Is That NONE Of Us Would Be Allowed In

The Problem With Wakanda Is That NONE Of Us Would Be Allowed In

And that sort of makes me want to cry.
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I am sure by now everyone has seen the Black cultural phenomenon that is, "Black Panther." And for those who haven't, shame on you. A live action remake of a comic book series about a superhero from the mythical African nation of Wakanda, Black Panther is the first film since Avatar (2009/2010) to maintain the top spot in the box office for more than 5 consecutive weeks. and in doing so, it has steamrolled every " blah blah 27 Dresses" film in its path and proved what Black people have been tryna explain to yall for the absolute longest...Black art sells!

While for most, Black Panther, is just a dope ass film, complete with an A-list cast and set in a magical place only few would be hypothetically allowed to visit, for the the majority of Black people, the film is a form of abreaction. With literal Nazi's reclaiming their time in space and dusting off those white nationalist flags, the realization that white women are just as bad as white men, and the Cheeto-In-Chief actually suggesting giving guns to teachers to murder Black children, I mean, protect white children, I mean, protect children ... Black Panther is a breath of fresh coco butter fragranced air. It's a celebration of Black images, and conversation on Black freedom and Pan-Africanism. The Utopian film is everything the Black community wishes for the world dystopian world today.

In Wakanda, Wakandan's aren't judged by their differing amounts of melanin and Martin Luther King Jr. wouldn't just still be alive, but he would be Minister of Defense. The term "Black Lives Matter" would have no reason to exist and the stains of greasy white fingertips wouldn't taint the back of every Black girls' afro.

Wakandan's are everything Black people want to be, and their lives are everything we desire for our own. A protected magical gated community, Wakanda was somehow able to escape the trauma of the trans Atlantic slave trade and colonialism and is the world's only society of Black people that has managed to stay free of racism, sexism, classism, oppression and Starbucks.

The film, however, posses two problems that if one were to think about too hard would be absolutely heartbreaking in this tale of Black nirvana. If you have high blood pressure, a history of heart problems or are prone to heat attacks, I suggest you stop reading here.

I mean it, reading any further might have you all the way in your feelings...

The first painfully obvious problem with Black Panther ruins the fantasy is that Wakanda is a conservative nation that has intentionally cut itself off from the world. There's a reason Black Americans, Europeans, Caribbeans..etc don't get a whiff of jojoba oil in the wind. The Wakandan's have purposely denounced solidarity and are keeping their kinte cloth, Black soap and VIBRANIUM to themselves. For decades, Wakandan rulers have rejected the idea of using their resources to empower the rest of he African Diaspora. They've even managed to isolate themselves for their neighboring African nations. Wakanda also lacks a history of revolution. Why does this matter? It matters because the traumas of slavery simply don't exist for them so there is no way for the rest of the African Diaspora to copy it's success without it help.

The second issue is that the man who should be the films hero, is presented as a sociopath, and the woman who originally spearheaded the idea of solidarity was only a supporting role. Killmonger, who should have been "Robin Hood-esk," is presented as a deranged caricature of the "unstable, violent and immoral" black man trope. An African American man who's dedicated his life to ending racism, poverty, mass incarceration and the breaking down of the Black family is the film foil to T'Challa. Nakia, on the other hand, while a spy, it overtly given little room to make even the smallest bit of "outside" problems, Wakanda's problems.


“In times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” - T' Challa
Cover Image Credit: Black Panther/Walt Disney

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.
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The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.


3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.


6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.


7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.


13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.


14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.


You're finally back to your old self.

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Shows And Movies We Loved As Kids And What Those People Are Doing Now

I wanted to know what some of my favor actors and actresses are up to now.

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I was scrolling through Netflix the other day and came across the movie "Spy Kids." Now I don't know about you guys but I LOVE this movie and was very excited when I saw it. Obviously, I watched it, and the second and the third cause what else would you do on a weekend? It got me thinking I wonder what some of our favorite movie/show characters are doing now and what their life is like.

Alexa Vega also is known as Carmen Cortez in "Spy Kids" is now 30 years old and doing great! Alexa is married to...wait for it: Carlos PenaVega. You might be thinking who even is that. If you watched "Big Time Rush" it's Carlos from BTR!! They got married in the year 2014 and they have a baby boy together named Ocean and they just posted on their Instagram they are expecting another baby boy.

Next, on our list, we have Jonathan Lipnicki also known for some great movies like "The Little Vampire" and "Stuart Little," He is now 28 years old and you can now find him on some television shows such as "Family Tools" and "Worst Cooks in America."

Danielle Fishel was known as Topanga Lawrence on "Boy Meets World" and later "Girl Meets World." You could catch her on Disney Channel in those shows. She is 37 years old and now she is married to Jensen Karp. Ben Savage, also known as our beloved Cory Matthews on "Boy Meets World" and "Girl Meets World," is now 38 years old. One of the quotes that have stuck with me is:

"A lot of the problems teenagers go through, it's better for them to go through them on their own. If you always have a crutch, you don't learn anything."

Daniel Radcliffe also is known as "Harry Potter" (favorite movie ) is now 29 years old. If you have never seen these movies I recommend them to anyone, and if you don't like them.. well, we are done talking. Anywho he is in the upcoming animation movie "Playmobil: The Movie."

Emma Watson also is known as the gorgeous and smart Hermione Granger now at 29 years old. Something you might not know is that her alma mater is Brown University. Emma is in a movie coming out December 25th, 2019 called "Little Women."

Robert Pattinson or how a lot of people know him as Edward Cullins from the "Twilight" series is now 32 years old and is in the upcoming movies "Waiting for the Barbarians" (2020) and "The Devil All The Time" (2020).

Taylor Lautner (I will always be Team Jacob and we can forever argue about it ) is known as Jacob Black in the "Twilight" series but you might also remember him from the movie "Abduction" in 2011 and the movie "Sharkboy and Lavagirl" in 2005, "Grown Ups 2" in 2013, another good one was "Cheaper By The Dozen 2" in 2005 and I could go on and on talking about him. Taylor is now 27 years old and in a few shows such as "Scream Queens" and "My Wife and Kids."

Anna Kendrick also from the "Twilight" series but also from "Pitch Perfect" known as Beca is now 33 years old and working on an upcoming movie "Noelle" coming November 2019

Rebel Wilson in the movie "Pitch Perfect" known as Fat Amy. A fun little tidbit, when the movie came out I changed my twitter name to "Fat Hannah"... and now that I think about it I was a stupid kid and why would I do that to myself. Anyway, Rebel is known for her funny personality and she is in an upcoming movie "The Hustle" May 10th, 2019 with fellow actress Anne Hathaway.

These are just a few of some of the actors and actresses from some of my favorite movies I have watched over the years and wondered what they were doing now with their lives.

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